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247, Lot: 40. Estimate $100.
Sold for $380. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 4.12 g, 3h). Amphipolis mint. Struck under Antipater, circa 325-323 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; bucranium in left field. Price 94A; Troxell, Studies, group E8, 171 = Geissener Münzhandlung 44, lot 221 (same rev. die). Near VF, toned. Extremely rare early drachm, one of two known for this issue.

This is the second known example of this issue, with the Hersh specimen being the other (it appears in Price that there are two examples, one in Hersh and a specimen in Gorny 44, but these refer to the same coin). Troxell's group E is significant, as it was the transitional phase where the Eagle reverse type was replaced on the drachms with the Zeus type. Both reverse types were struck during this phase, with companion types bearing the same reverse control markings. The present coin is notable, as it shares an obverse die with an example of the Eagle reverse (Troxell, Studies 160).